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How does the DT 990 sound over my HD 598?

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Hey I will be moving from my old dying HD 598 to a new DT 990. I haven't bought it yet so I came here to ask for advice. I don't want to go all the way out to audition headphones, so I'll just ask here if the DT 990 sounds better than the HD 598. I listen to a little bit of pop songs and also progressive, I say a little bit cause I do most of pop songs on my phone. On my desktop usually, I listen to these types of music: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sHsFIv8VA7w  as its good study music :D And I do study alot. I also listen to some wind orchestras as I am in one myself.

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DT 990 pros, 250 ohm to be exact. No amplifier :(

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DT 990 pros, 250 ohm to be exact. No amplifier :(

If you do not have a true headphone amplifier, then do not get the DT990s

I'm assuming your using the motherboard's on-board audio?

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If you do not have a true headphone amplifier, then do not get the DT990s

I'm assuming your using the motherboard's on-board audio?

I found a fiio e11 and ad900 for cheap too!. So will an ad900 + e11 or dt 990 + e11 sound any better than my hd 598? (with e11 of course) Thanks :D

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I found a fiio e11 and ad900 for cheap too!. So will an ad900 + e11 or dt 990 + e11 sound any better than my hd 598? (with e11 of course) Thanks :D

The DT990 are full bass & full treble, that overshadows the mids a little, but the mids are clear.

I'm going to guess the ATH-AD900s will have a "warmer" sound, compared to the HD598s

Also the AD900s should easily work plugged straight into the phone

The Fiio E11 can easily drive 250-Ohm (DT990) headphones.

The Fiio E11 low impedance is a benefit for driving the AD900s, from the PC

What price is the AD900 & E11 going for?

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180 USD for both ( converted from my countries currency.) Used of course. About the same for dt 990s, used too. I think im going for the ad900s. For my music preferences do you think thats better than the dt 990s?

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180 USD for both ( converted from my countries currency.) Used of course. About the same for dt 990s, used too. I think I'm going for the ad900s. For my music preferences do you think that's better than the dt 990s?

For the situation, the AD900/E11 combo seems like a better choice.

And you can plug the AD900s straight into the phone and not have to use the E11 amp (optional).

 

On your desktop PC, might think of getting an Asus Xonar DG sound card, chances are the DG's DAC is better then the motherboard's DAC.

And a used Xonar DG is usually low costing.

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